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discard

play
verb dis·card \ dis-ˈkärd , ˈdis-ˌ \

Definition of discard

transitive verb
1 :to get rid of especially as useless or unwanted
  • a pile of discarded tires
  • They quickly discarded the idea.
2 a :to remove (a playing card) from one's hand (see 1hand 9a(2))
  • discarded an ace
b :to play (any card except a trump) from a suit different from the one led
intransitive verb
:to discard a playing card
  • discard at the end of your turn

discardable

play \-də-bəl\ adjective

discarder

noun

Examples of discard in a Sentence

  1. Remove and discard the stems.

  2. a pile of discarded tires

  3. She discarded the six of hearts.

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First Known Use of discard

circa 1586

discard Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of discard

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.
    • discard old clothes
cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.
    • cast off her friends
shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster.
    • shed a bad habit
    • finally sloughed off the depression
scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.
    • scrap all the old ways
    • would junk our educational system

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discard

play
noun dis·card \ ˈdis-ˌkärd \

Definition of discard

1 a :the act of removing a playing card from one's hand :the act of discarding (see 1discard 2a)
b :a card discarded
  • collected the discards
2 :one that is cast off or rejected

Examples of discard in a Sentence

  1. toss all of your discards in the garbage

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First Known Use of discard

1744

discard Synonyms


DISCARD Defined for English Language Learners

discard

play
verb

Definition of discard for English Language Learners

  • : to throw (something) away because it is useless or unwanted

  • : to remove (a playing card) from your hand in a card game


discard

play
noun

Definition of discard for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a playing card) that has been discarded


DISCARD Defined for Kids

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discard

play
verb dis·card \ di-ˈskärd \

Definition of discard for Students

discarded; discarding
1 :to get rid of as useless or unwanted
2 :to throw down an unwanted card from a hand of cards

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discard

play
noun dis·card \ ˈdi-ˌskärd \

Definition of discard for Students

:something thrown away or rejected


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